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9/7/2013 3:39:00 PM
Fire personnel build ramp for local veteran
Members of the Cottonwood Fire Department built a wheelchair ramp for Wilber Quick.
Members of the Cottonwood Fire Department built a wheelchair ramp for Wilber Quick.
Before the construction
Before the construction

COTTONWOOD -- Aug. 28 five members of the Cottonwood Fire Department, Lieutenant Jeff Boyd, Engineer Jeremy Doerksen, Firefighters Kerrie Hawthorne, Joe Odell and Nick Garcia, built a wheelchair ramp for a local Korean War Veteran.

The Fire Department crew members had were on an emergency medical call at the veteran's home a few days earlier and had discovered that Army veteran and retired law enforcement officer Wilber Quick was confined to a wheelchair but did not have a ramp to make the residence wheelchair-accessible. Boyd, Doerksen, Hawthorne, Odell and Garcia decided they would show Mr. Quick their appreciation for his military and law enforcement service and build him a wheelchair ramp. They contacted the Cottonwood Home Depot and explained the situation to a manager there. Home Depot agreed to donate the materials needed to construct a wheelchair ramp. Doerksen, Hawthorne and Garcia returned to Quick's residence on an off-duty day and constructed the ramp.

Their shift supervisor, Captain Troy Hoke says, "this action displays a caring heart for the community and represents what paying it forward is truly about."

Fire Chief Mike Kuykendall agrees, "I am proud that our personnel had the initiative and compassion to take on this project and to represent the Cottonwood Fire Department in such a positive way."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Pay it forward

Thanks for the posoitive news story. It is good to see people getting their kids involved in these good deeds as well.

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Kiekenapp

Nice work. This world could use a great deal more of people helping others. Show the love!!

Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Wilber you old chosen FROZEN airborne
maniac.Don't be spillin your drink my friend.


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